I have worked with Barbara Nielsen for about six years, beginning when I was publisher at Canterbury University Press and she represented Bookbuilders. Bookbuilders has now morphed into APOL, and I am now at Otago University Press, but the transitions with Barbara as the pivot point have been seamless and smooth. APOL consistently produce an excellent product. They stick to promised schedules and their pricing is very competitive. They are excellent at ‘putting right’ any issues that occasionally arise, and again Barbara is extremely responsive in this regard. She is the perfect go-to person and it makes all the difference having a representative in our own time zone. Altogether a productive and positive relationship. I highly recommend Barbara Nielsen and APOL for high-quality book production.
Rachel Scott, Publisher, Otago University Press
Asia Pacific Offset provides an excellent book production service across the whole process from speed of quoting, to thorough print management and on-time product delivery. Competitive pricing and ease of communication are much appreciated hallmarks of their business.
Jeff Atkinson, GM Production and New Media, Penguin Books NZ Pty Ltd
I have printed well over 30 titles through Bookbuilders / APOL during my past six years as Publishing Consultant for HCNZ, and many more prior to that time. APOL has been superb to work with and the relationship has been hugely complemented with Barbara here locally to ensure all goes smoothly from delivery of files through to on-time delivery ex Hong Kong. It has helped enormously that Barbara has complete knowledge of all things printing but also her knowledge of book design and, with that, her enthusiasm and encouragement to take creative opportunities to enhance the overall look of my books during a print relationship of more than 10 years.
Bill Honeybone, Publishing Consultant, HarperCollins NZ, 2007–2013
Hurricane Press has worked exclusively with APOL and Barbara Nielsen for five years, publishing a range from small novelty titles to large coffee table books. Without exception we’ve found the level of service and advice to be outstanding, helping us through the print process. Best of all, Barbara and APOL have made innovative suggestions that have given us options we would otherwise not have thought of – their support has helped us produce better books and at reasonable prices.
Josh Easby, Publisher, Hurricane Press
I have been using APOL as my printer of choice since establishing Renaissance Publishing in 2004, not least because of their Auckland-based consultant Barbara Nielsen. Although my business is a small one in the scheme of things, I have found the service offered to be friendly, efficient – and on occasion well beyond the call of duty. I have no reservations whatsoever about recommending APOL and Barbara to any individual or organisation that may require the services of a high quality printer.
Renee Lang, Renaissance Publishing
We’ve been working with Asia Pacific Offset for a few years now, and we’ve been really pleased with their quality and efficiency. It’s great having a rep based locally – Barbara’s terrifically knowledgeable, and always helpful. It’s a real bonus being able to catch up with her to go through all the options before we send a book off to print.
Katrina Duncan, Design & Production, Auckland University Press
With Barbara and APOL the printing process is simple and stress-free. Quotes are fast, prices are great, the Chinese project coordinators are always helpful and Barbara’s publishing experience means she can guide, advise and reassure. It’s such a streamlined and trusted process I can’t think what we’d do without it.
Brian O’Flaherty, member of PressGang
Barbara shepherded our second independently published book through the complications of offshore production, including taking responsibility above and beyond the call of duty when we were out of reach. We couldn’t be happier with the results and will definitely be using Bookbuilders (Asia Pacific Offset) again.
Paul Little, Paul Little Books
I contacted Barbara Nielsen to arrange a short-run book printing job. My author was specific: production values had to be excellent, with two different kinds of paper stock (for sketches and photographs) and a robust binding. He was delighted with the result, as was I. Both Barbara and APOL went out of their way to make the process a pleasure from start to finish and I look forward to working with them again.
Matt Turner, Director, Wooden Shed Publishing Services Ltd
(email to Barbara)
The books have arrived and I must say look stunning, I am totally over the moon. Thanks so much for all your work on this project. When book number 2 comes out, I know who to work with.
Amanda Mortimer, Your Life Live It
(email to the APOL team in Hong Kong and China)
In April this year we launched a special poetry work, a box set with two books, one of which, Redux, was printed by Asia Pacific Offset.
I wanted to express my thanks for the wonderful book we received back from you. There have been many occasions since the launch of the book on which people have praised the production values and quality of the work. It has been our pleasure to speak highly of Asia Pacific Offset.
It was a huge pleasure working with Barbara Nielsen as our contact in New Zealand. When we met her we knew we would be in good hands. She is very calm and professional and knows her business very well, and obviously has a very good relationship with the team in Hong Kong. We were the recipients of that good relationship, and every step of the way were impressed by Asia Pacific Offset. Speedy responses to questions, perfect timing, and a wonderful book at the end of it.
Susan Davis, Jack Books
We used APOL for our production of three large, full-colour coffee table books covering three years of New Zealand’s largest motor racing festival. I have to say this project would never have even got off the ground if it wasn’t for APOL. We had never published a book before and although we were comfortable using the computer software to lay it up we had a LOT to learn about the rest of the requirements. The team at APOL were incredibly patient and helped us through the entire process, from the parameters for the software, how to export, the proofing, how to get the best out of the photos – nothing seemed too much trouble for them. And when the end result arrived the quality of the print and binding was superb, certainly every bit as good as the service we’d received over the months of production.I really couldn’t recommend them highly enough and certainly felt they delivered much more than I expected.
Philip Adamson, Managing Director, OutSource IT Limited and
Publisher of NZ Festival of Motor Racing books
As a first time self-publisher I found myself in between a rock and a hard place. The rock was not being able to afford expensive NZ printing options and the hard place was communicating with overseas printers and also not knowing whether they were for real or scammers. Thankfully a mutual contact put me onto Barbara, the NZ agent for APOL, and my concerns were soon at an end. Barbara not only acted as a go-between for me and the overseas printer but also took the time to share her intimate knowledge of the printing and publishing process. It goes without saying the price of the printing was substantially better than could be achieved in NZ and the quality and timeliness of delivery was excellent.
Dreydon Sobanja – Author and Director for Inspired Kids NZ Ltd
Thanks to Barbara, our first self-published book’s printing went off without a hitch. We were kept very well informed through all parts of the process and Barbara was always on hand to answer any queries. The end product, The Eat For Keeps Experience, is a beautifully finished book. We give an unequivocal thumbs up to anyone wanting to use her services.
Leigh Elder, author and publisher, Eat For Keeps
I have always had pleasant dealings with Barbara and Asia Pacific Offset. Barbara gives prompt, efficient and cheerful service, while Asia Pacific Offset offers quality printing at very reasonable prices. The company supplies progress reports on the printing process and has never failed to deliver books on or before the due date.
Graeme Leather, Proprietor, IslandBridge
I’ve worked with Barbara for more than 5 years and have printed many books through Asia Pacific Offset Limited, previously Bookbuilders. The quality of their work is top-rate and they have the added bonus of having Barbara situated in NZ. It makes my life so much easier having her here. Barbara is always at the end of the phone and she’s usually able to come in to the office to sort out anything urgent. I have no hesitation in recommending Barbara’s service and the quality of Asia Pacific Offset Limited.
Sophia Egan-Reid, Production Manager, Mary Egan Ltd